On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Jacqueline Z. Davis
As Executive Director of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Jacqueline Z. Davis has general supervisory responsibilities for the Music, Dance, Theatre, and Recorded Sound research divisions, the complementary circulating division. She oversees exhibitions in the Center’s two galleries and more than 200 public programs annually, including performances and lectures. Formerly, Ms. Davis was Director of the Lied Center of Kansas at the University of Kansas. Serving a dual role of Artistic Producer and Executive Director, she had general supervisory responsibility for the facility as well as booking performances including national and international theatre, fund-raising, care taking of artists, and supervising staff. She recently completed a two-year term as President of the University of Kansas Theatre Advisory Board. Prior to her activities in the artistic sector, Ms. Davis served as a staff assistant in the Office of Senator Edward Kennedy. In 2003, 2007, and 2012, Ms. Davis was appointed to three-year terms as a Tony Award nominator. In 2004, she assisted in the creation of the Imagine ’04 Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas, designed to support civic engagement through the arts for which she and her colleagues received an Obie Award. In May, 2004, Ms. Davis was named a Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture of France. She is the recipient of the New York Women’s Agenda’s Galaxy Award and received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Kansas. In 2011, she received the Global Interdependence Prize in New York for her work in engendering communication across cultures through the performing arts. In 2012, she received the HT Chen Dance Company Award for her commitment to the field of Dance. In May, 2012, she became a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Leadership Program.